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Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 12 February 1780

My dearest Friend

On Wednesday, the 9th. of this Month, We all arrived in tolerable Health at the Hotel De Valois, in Paris where We now are. On Thursday the l0th We waited on Dr. F. [Franklin] and dined with him at Passy. On Fryday the 11, the Dr. accompanied Us to Versailles, where We waited on Mr. De Vergennes, Mr. De Sartine and Comte Maurepas, from all of whom We had a polite Reception. To day We stay at home.

I put my three Children to Mr. Pichini's Accademy the next day after my Arrival, where they are all well pleased.

We had a tedious journey by Land, from Ferrol in Spain, of not much short of four hundred Leagues. My dear Charles bears traveling by Land and Sea as well as his Brother. He is much beloved wherever he goes.

Since my Arrival here I had the joy to find a Letter from you which came by your Unkles ship to Cadiz. It gives me more Pain than I can express to see your Anxiety, but I hope your fears will be happily disappointed.

I wrote you, from Cape Anne [John to Abigail, 15 November 1779] , from the Banks of Newfoundland [John to Abigail, 29 November 1779] , from Corrunna [John to Abigail, 16 December 1779] and from Bilbao [John to Abigail, 16 January 1780] , from whence I ordered you some Things by a Vessell to Mr. Corbet [Cabot] of Beverly, and another to Mr. Tracy of Newbury Port. These are a few necessaries for you the Family. I will send Mr. W. and Mr. S. Things and my Brothers and Dr. T.s and his Sons, by the first Safe Conveyance that I can hear of.

Yours, Yours, Yours, ever, ever, ever yours.

Cite web page as: Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 12 February 1780 [electronic edition]. Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive. Massachusetts Historical Society. http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/
Original manuscript: Adams, John. Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 12 February 1780. 2 pages. Original manuscript from the Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
Source of transcription: Butterfield, L.H., and Marc Friedlaender, eds. Adams Family Correspondence. Vol. 3. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1973.
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